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PERMANENT MISSION OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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The history of the partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the International Atomic Energy Agency dates back to 1976, the year in which the UAE became a Member State to the Agency. Over the past forty years, this partnership has been successful in supporting the country in fulfilment of its international commitments toward the peaceful use of nuclear technology and the implementation of more than 30 Technical Cooperation (TC) projects to meet its national development goals.

 

In 2008, with the UAE government’s announcement to pursue a peaceful nuclear power programme, the country has been fully engaged with the IAEA and has committed itself to adhere to the highest international standards in all areas of its programme.

 

 

1976

UAE became a Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

 

1977

UAE joins the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme to address its national needs in the areas of food and agriculture, environmental protection and water monitoring.  

 

1987

As a new member of the international nuclear community, the UAE government committed itself to international standards by joining the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.

 

2003

UAE signs and ratifies the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and ratifies the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material under the auspices of the IAEA.

 

2006 

The IAEA provides assistance to the UAE government in conducting a feasibility study on nuclear energy.

 

2008

UAE establishes a dedicated Permanent Mission to the IAEA and assigns a Permanent Representative to the IAEA to fulfil its international commitments towards cooperation with the international community on nuclear matters.

 

UAE contributes US$10 million toward the creation of IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank.

 

2009

UAE signs with the IAEA the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

 

2010

UAE was elected as a Member of the IAEA Board of Governors for the first time to serve for the period of 2010 until 2012.

 

UAE ratifies the IAEA Additional Protocol (AP) to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement to fully meet its commitment to complete operational transparency and the highest standards of nuclear non-proliferation.

 

UAE hosts the first “International Conference on Human Resource Development for Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes,” jointly organized with the IAEA, in Abu Dhabi.

 

The UAE Permanent Mission was designated as a National Liaison Office (NLO) for technical cooperation with the IAEA to advance national development goals.  

 

2011

UAE receives two major IAEA Peer Reviews: the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, and the International Nuclear Regulatory Review Services (IRRS) mission to evaluate the progress on the development of the infrastructure for the UAE’s nuclear energy programme.  

 

UAE submits to the Agency its First National Report on Compliance with Obligations of the Joint Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

 

UAE submits its 1st National Report on Measures Taken to Implement the Convention on Nuclear Safety to be reviewed by the Contracting Parties during the 5th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety.

 

In December, the UAE signed and updated its Country Profile Framework (CPF) with the IAEA to define its short-and medium-term planning of technical cooperation for the period of 2012-2016.  

 

2012

UAE signs and ratifies the Protocol to Amend the 1963 Vienna Convention and Joint Protocol on the Application of the Vienna Convention and Paris Convention.

 

UAE submits its 2nd National Report on the Compliance with Obligations of the Convention on Nuclear Safety to the 2nd CNS' Extraordinary Meeting for the Sixth Review Meeting, to analyse lessons learned from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant which took place in March of 2011.

 

UAE hosts first IAEA's School for Nuclear Energy Management in the Gulf region.

 

UAE submits its National Report on Implementation of the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and its Associated Guidance for United Arab Emirates.  

 

UAE deposits instruments for joining the Protocol to Amend the 1963 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the Joint Protocol on the Application of the Vienna and Paris Conventions at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna.

 

UAE signs with the IAEA an Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP), which provides the basis for a comprehensive and sustainable approach to addressing specific national nuclear security assistance needs from the IAEA.

 

UAE issues a Federal Law by Decree No. 4 of 2012 concerning Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage, as a result of continued work in establishing an adequate legal framework for its nuclear liability regime. The text and provisions of this law have been under consultation and reviewed by the IAEA legal experts to ensure its consistency with IAEA guidance and relevant international obligations.

 

2013

UAE has pledged a contribution of $1 million towards the expansion and enhancement of the IAEA's Safeguards Analytical Laboratory.

 

UAE hosts an International Conference on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Maintaining the Continuous Global Control of Sources throughout their Life Cycle.

 

UAE signs with the IAEA an Integrated Work Plan (IWP) for 2013-2017, which constitutes a framework of cooperation between the Agency and the UAE, in all areas and activities until operation of its first nuclear power plant in 2017.

 

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano makes an official visit to the United Arab Emirates to review the progress of the country's nuclear power programme. The visit also included a tour to the construction site of the UAE's first Nuclear Power Plant at Barakah, located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.  

 

UAE held a seat on the IAEA Board of Governors for a second term from 2013 to 2015.

 

2014

UAE signs the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), an international treaty which was developed as an umbrella for international liability conventions, providing the basis for a global nuclear liability regime.

 

UAE submits its 3rd National Report in fulfilment of the provisions of the Convention on Nuclear Safety to be reviewed by the 6th CNS Review Meeting of Contracting Parties held in March-April 2014.

 

IAEA reviews the UAE State Systems of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material (SSAC). The SSAC Advisory Service, under an overarching ISSAS Mission, evaluated nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards measures implemented by the UAE government.

 

2015

UAE hosts IAEA’s IRRS follow-up mission to review the progress in implementing recommendations from the first IRRS mission. The IRRS mission plays an important role in assisting the UAE toward building an appropriate regulatory infrastructure.

 

UAE receives the Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) Service mission, which examined the country’s progress in preparing the necessary response measures to be applied in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency at its Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.

 

UAE hosts the 2nd IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School for nuclear professionals from many GCC countries and IAEA Member Sates at Khalifa University’s Campus in Abu Dhabi.

 

2016

UAE held a seat on the IAEA Board of Governors for a second term from 2016 to 2018

 

UAE receives the International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) Mission, which reviewed and compared the State's physical protection system with international guidelines and internationally recognized best practices. IAEA concluded that the UAE has undertaken good practices in security aspects which set it as a model for other countries embarking on a nuclear power programme.

 

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano makes an official visit to the United Arab Emirates in February 2016 to review the progress of the country's nuclear power programme. The visit also included a tour to the construction site of the UAE's first Nuclear Power Plant at Barakah. The DG congratulated the UAE for the substantial advancement made since his last visit in 2013.

 

IAEA Deputy Director General for Technical Cooperation makes an official visit to the United Arab Emirates to review the progress of the UAE TC Programme with IAEA and to discuss the future projects planned for the upcoming TC cycle 2018-2019. His visit highlighted the strong commitment and engagement of UAE entities in the TC Programme.

 

UAE hosts the 24th Women in Nuclear Conference (WiN), the first of its kind in the UAE and the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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